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Snowfall Blankets Northern Half of North Texas

February 5-6th 2002

A
snowy blast invaded North Texas Tuesday through Tuesday night as warm gulf moisture moved over much colder air near the surface. As temperatures hovered around 32 degrees, rain changed to snowfall by mid morning for many locations. The snow continued into the afternoon, with many locations reporting the snow covering the ground. This was especially noted for northeast areas like Sherman and Paris, where the cold air was even deeper.

The snow continued into the night, before tapering off just after midnight. The heaviest snowfall was reported across the northeast, where 4 to 5 inches were common.

North Texas Snowfall Map from February 5-6, 2002. The heaviest snowfall was reported across the northeast, where 4 to 5 inches were common. An NWS Cooperative Observer in Greenville reported 5 inches had fallen. Five to six inches was reported in Delta County. The snow was much less further west and south. Northern parts of the Metroplex had 1 to 2 inches, while many areas west of a Gainesville to Glen Rose line had only half an inch or less.

Northern Tarrant County picture of a snowman, with houses and grass covered with snow.
Around 9am, Wednesday February 6, 2002.
 Northern Tarrant County.

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An NWS Cooperative Observer in Greenville reported 5 inches had fallen. Five to six inches was reported in Delta County. The snow was much less further west and south. Northern parts of the Metroplex had 1 to 2 inches, while many areas west of a Gainesville to Glen Rose line had only half an inch or less.

Some slick spots developed on a few roadways, mainly bridges and overpasses, and the snowfall created numerous delays and cancellations at airports. While this event created headaches for some, many, especially children, found it to be a colorful delight. An occasion for some Texas sledding and building Snowmen, Texas style.

By late Wednesday morning, the temperature all across North Texas was at or above freezing and many roads began to dry out.